The Resource A scientific search for altruism : do we care only about ourselves?, C. Daniel Batson

A scientific search for altruism : do we care only about ourselves?, C. Daniel Batson

Label
A scientific search for altruism : do we care only about ourselves?
Title
A scientific search for altruism
Title remainder
do we care only about ourselves?
Statement of responsibility
C. Daniel Batson
Creator
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
For centuries, the egoism-altruism debate has echoed through Western thought. Egoism says that the motivation for everything we do, including our seemingly selfless acts of care for others, is to gain one or another self-benefit. Altruism, while not denying the force of self-interest, says that under certain circumstances we can care for others for their sakes, not our own. Over the past half-century, social psychologists have turned to laboratory experiments on humans to provide a scientific resolution of this debate about our nature. The experiments have focused on the possibility that empathic concern-other-oriented emotion elicited by and congruent with the perceived welfare of someone in need-produces altruistic motivation to remove that need. With carefully constructed experimental designs, these scientists have tested the nature of the motivation produced by empathic concern, determining whether it is egoistic or altruistic and, thereby, providing an answer to a fundamental question about what makes us tick. Framed as a detective story, this book traces the scientific search for altruism through numerous studies and attempts to examine various motivational suspects, reaching the improbable conclusion that empathy-induced altruism is indeed part of our nature. The book then considers the implications of this conclusion both for our understanding of who we are as humans (the bad news as well as the good) and for how we might create a more humane society. --
Assigning source
back cover
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorDate
1943-
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Batson, C. Daniel
Illustrations
illustrations
Index
index present
LC call number
BF637.H4
LC item number
B397 2019
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Altruism
  • Egoism
Label
A scientific search for altruism : do we care only about ourselves?, C. Daniel Batson
Instantiates
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. An Unsettling Surprise -- Part I. Starting the Search -- 2. What We're Looking For -- 3. How to Find It -- 4. The Prime Suspect -- Part II. More Suspects -- 5. Avoiding Shame and Guilt -- 6. Pursuing Pride -- 7. One Way to Feel Better -- 8. The Pleasure of Empathic Joy -- Part III. Three New Possibilities -- 9. A Gang -- 10. Self-Other Merging -- 11. Premature Release of the Prime -- Part IV. Facing the Consequences -- 12. How Can It Be? -- 13. Some Good News -- 14. Some Bad -- 15. After the Fall
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 303 pages
Isbn
9780190651374
Lccn
2018008971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1028584661
  • (OCoLC)on1028584661
Label
A scientific search for altruism : do we care only about ourselves?, C. Daniel Batson
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages [275]-292) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
1. An Unsettling Surprise -- Part I. Starting the Search -- 2. What We're Looking For -- 3. How to Find It -- 4. The Prime Suspect -- Part II. More Suspects -- 5. Avoiding Shame and Guilt -- 6. Pursuing Pride -- 7. One Way to Feel Better -- 8. The Pleasure of Empathic Joy -- Part III. Three New Possibilities -- 9. A Gang -- 10. Self-Other Merging -- 11. Premature Release of the Prime -- Part IV. Facing the Consequences -- 12. How Can It Be? -- 13. Some Good News -- 14. Some Bad -- 15. After the Fall
Dimensions
24 cm
Extent
vi, 303 pages
Isbn
9780190651374
Lccn
2018008971
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations
System control number
  • (OCoLC)1028584661
  • (OCoLC)on1028584661

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